American courts, especially the Supreme Court, have developed a set of
expression. When it comes to evaluating the degree to which we take
advantage of the opportunity to express our opinions, some members of
developed a distinct disposition toward the freedom of expression
assemble and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Since the early history of our country, the protection of basic freedoms
has been of the utmost importance to Americans.
In Langston Hughes’ poem, “Freedom,” he emphasizes the struggle to
enjoy the freedoms that he knows are rightfully his. He reflects the
American desire for freedom now when he says, “I do not need my freedom
when I’m dead. I cannot live on tomorrow’s bread.” He recognizes the need
for freedom in its entirety without compromise or fear.
I think Langston Hughes captures the essence of the American
immigrants’ quest for freedom in his poem, “Freedom’s Plow.” He accurately
America with the hopes of finding greater freedom or freedom for the first
time. He depicts how people of all backgrounds worked together for one
it spreads harmful opinions and agitates people against the government.
question and are content to see and hear only the government’s propaganda.
I found this disturbing yet realistic. Bradbury’s hidden opposition to
this form of censorship was apparent throughout the book and finally
of burning books.
Among the many forms of protests are pickets, strikes, public speeches
and rallies. Recently in New Jersey, more than a thousand community
activists rallied to draft a “human” budget that puts the needs of the poor
and handicapped as a top priority. Rallies are an effective means for
Judge, Robert E. Francis ruled that the student’s rights were violated
A newly proposed bill (A-557) would prevent school officials from
controlling the content of student publications. Critics of the bill feel
responsibilities that come with free speech.” This is a valid point;
however, it would provide an excellent opportunity for them to learn about
their First Amendment rights that guarantees free speech and freedom of the
speech. He stated, “My message to you graduates is to assert your rights,
to use them responsibly and boldly, to oppose racism, to oppose sexism, to
oppose homophobia and bigotry of all kinds and to do so within the spirit
of the First Amendment, not by creating an exception to it.” I agree that
one should feel free to speak openly as long as it does not directly or
indirectly lead to the harm of others.
One of the more controversial issues was the recent 2 Live Crew
incident involving obscenity in rap music. Their record, “As Nasty as They
charges and quickly became a free speech martyr. Although many stores
pulled the album, over two million copies sold as a result of the incident.
I feel that in this case the principles of free speech have been abused
also become a topic of controversy. The controversy was over the right to
First Amendment, it is that the Government may not prohibit the expression
and therefore is protected under the First Amendment. As in the 2 Live
Crew case, I feel that we are protecting the wrong people in this case.
The minority is given precedence at the sacrifice of the majority.
speech and censorship. I chose to put this collection of essays into my
book because they represent the strong central theme of freedom of
generally in favor of fewer limitations on freedom of expression.
The American voice on freedom has been shaped throughout the course of
constantly been challenged and will continue to be challenged in the
future. It is important that we learn from the precedented cases of the
past of our constitutionally protected rights so that in the future
authority will not violate our freedoms or oppress our liberty.
Ever since colonial times, the protection of personal freedoms in the
United States has been significantly important. Even in the early stages